REMOTE MANAGEMENT OF DMR HYTERA RADIO COMMUNICATION
In our daily work we focus on using available technologies to implement solutions that simplify communication processes. The development of radio technology has introduced digital communication in place of analogue, but still makes the user dependent on the physical location of the equipment. The STC Console Terminal system developed by us removes the limitations resulting from the location of the radio station. It makes connectivity available in all conditions.
Why it’s worth it
The use of STC Console Terminal at operator stations is necessary for many reasons. It is not always possible to install the radio station at the particular user’s work station. It also happens that the operator should not have access to the configuration functions of the radio. In specific conditions, where active communication with the scene of an incident is mainly radio communication (e.g. rescue operations, crisis management), there are additional requirements for the communication system, which cannot be fulfilled by conventional radio.
In these circumstances, the chance to use a device that:
•shortens the response time to a call,
and uses an intuitive communication interface of a remote touch console, is a solution that increases comfort and efficiency of work. The STC Console Terminal is a simple solution to remotely monitor and control the operation of radiotelephones. Because of the use of LAN for communication with the system’s radio base, the radio’s location and distance to the user are irrelevant - communication becomes available in a much wider range. Data transmission is encrypted and all settings and data are saved in a format supported by the Console Terminal. The possibility of using remote control that utilizes LAN for Hytera MD78x series radio, cooperation directly with the inverter and mapping the functionality available for analog radio or DMR radio in a remote location also allows to extend the functionality of the communication network.
How does the system work?
In its simplest configuration the system consists of:
•Hytera MD78x series radio
•R-STC radio base
•STC Console Terminal
In its extended architecture, the system uses:
•more than one operator console (STC Console Terminal or a panel PC with dedicated terminal software)
•more than one R-STC radio base connecting to access radios (Hytera MD78x or other)
•a radio network that uses mobile or fixed radios that can move between systems (provided that the uniqueness of the device’s addressing within the entire system is maintained).
R-STC radio base is a hardware element of the system, integrated with the Hytera radio, that transmits information to the master monitoring & recording system equipped with the STC Console Terminal.
Terminal console is the operator interface adjusted to individual requirements, to which the functionality provided by the radio has been transferred. The use of a touch screen to map the remote radio’s functions in an intuitive way ensures usability and increases the comfort of work. Incoming and outgoing calls are visualised together with the call recipient information. The way of controlling the remote radio, transmitting and listening to audio signal, as well as visualizing the radio’s display makes remote operation of the radio very easy. The touch panel control allows to carry out all communication functions efficiently and very quickly. Support for the DMR standard allows for the handling of data transmission in parallel with voice communication (if the radio offers such functionality), e.g. sending text messages, presentation of GPS location, telemetric data and automatic vehicle location (AVL).
Cooperation of the STC Console Terminal System with a digital call recorder also enables recording of radio transmission carried out using system-supported radio stations. Integration enables the use of a single repository for recording all calls in a given institution. Utility software for digital recording systems includes the tools for:
•recording of communication and information from PRA, BRA & system lines, VoIP and analogue signal sources
•configuration of recording channels and control of the recording process,
•management of users and personalized access to the information collected,
•search and playback of recordings, including simultaneous playback of recordings created on multiple recording channels simultaneously,
•analysis of recordings and user activities, and reporting,
•monitoring of the system’s operation.
STC CONSOLE TERMINAL SYSTEM - Technical specifications
STC Console Terminal
remote control panel with built-in touch screen and optional connection of headset and switch